Passing On Evan Turner Would Cripple The Philadelphia 76ers For Years

May 23rd, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
The Sixers defied the odds on Tuesday night. Philadelphia won the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, despite having just a 6 percent chance to do so.

The thought of Evan Turner in a Sixers jersey immediately rushed to Sixers fans' heads. (In fact, I immediately wrote up a slide show of five reasons the Sixers should draft Turner. )

Five days later, I'm shockingly worried.  

Could the Sixers really screw this up??

This is the same franchise that spent over $10 million/year on Samuel Dalembert for the past five seasons.

This is the same franchise that handed a 6-year, $80 million contract to Andre Iguodala and a 5-year, $80 million contract to an Elton Brand coming off ACL surgery.

Yes, Philadelphia could really screw this up.

Let's establish this right away: The Sixers have the No. 2 pick in a two-man draft. That look on Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov's face, when he found out he wasn't in the Top 2?

Yeah. It says everything.

Assuming that Ed Snider and Ed Stefanski still have functioning brain cells, they'll pick either John Wall or Evan Turner. Stefanski and Snider will ...

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